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12.3: Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis
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- Define ethnomethodology and describe its purpose.
- Define and describe conversation analysis.
- Ethnomethodologists study everyday reality and how people produce those realities through their presentations of self and interactions with others.
- Conversation analysts focus specifically on the dynamics of talk.
- Professor Dhiraj Murthy requires his Introduction to Sociology students to conduct an ethnomethodology exercise to help them understand the sociological, and very social, aspects of “everyday activities.” To understand how these activities are social, Murthy asks students to engage in some activity that interrupts the “natural facts of life” (Garfinkel’s words). Read about their experiences here: learn.bowdoin.edu/sociology/soc101/?p=68. What do these students’ reports tell us about how “everyday activities” are also social activities?